The project was announced in the Budget speech and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is expected to lay the foundation stone on October 2. “The estimated cost of the project is Rs 54 crore and the civic body will invite tenders for the same,” an official said.
The project had courted controversies since it was proposed. The Central Park Sangharsh Samiti had alleged that the land was acquired for the park and cannot be utilised for any other purpose.
Samiti president Yogesh Yadav said, “JDA is adamant in constructing the multi-crore museum project at the Central Park after violating all rules.”
Under the Rajasthan State Land Acquisition Act, the Urban Improvement Trust (UIT) had acquired 322 bighas in the Rambagh Complex for public utilities in 1973. As per UIT claims, the prime buildings were part of the ‘acquired’ land and JDA took possession of the same after a long legal battle in 2017. “As the land was acquired for the park purpose, the state government is blatantly violating court orders and constructing the project on public land,” Yadav said.